Steven Bélanger, baritone
An accomplished clarinetist as well as a singer, baritone Steven Bélanger is a graduate of Queen’s University (BMus, BA) and McGill University (MMus). He has performed with ensembles of all sizes and genres across Canada including the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM), Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, Opéra de Montréal, VivaVoce, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Canadian Chamber Choir and Arion Baroque Orchestra. He has also appeared as soloist with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), the McGill Baroque Orchestra, Voix Libres, Le Choeur du Vieux-Montreal, Les Grands Ballets canadiens de Montréal, the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, the Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra, the Quinte Symphony and the Grand River Chorus.
Recent solo engagements include Bach’s Easter and Ascension Oratorios with Ensemble Caprice, Carmina Burana with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and the West Coast Symphony, and Bach’s Mass in B minor with SummerChor. As a recitalist, Steven has collaborated with pianists Stephen Smith, Corey Hamm, Terence Dawson, Kinza Tyrrell and Jane Coop in programs of English songs, French mélodies and German Lieder. Operatic roles include the title role in Dido and Aeneas, a concert presentation of Lloyd Burritt’s Miracle Flight 571 and, most recently, the baritone role of Oscar/Betsy in Lloyd Burritt’s Camouflage Complex: The Art of Deception, based on the life of feminist literary icon Betsy Warland.
Steven has appeared at music festivals across North America including the Montreal Baroque Festival, the Festival international de Lanaudière, the Montreal/New Music International Festival, Festival Vancouver, the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival in New Brunswick and the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico. He has participated in over twenty recordings for such labels as Decca, ATMA, Naxos and Centrediscs, and has recorded music for television, film and for Cirque du Soleil.
Locally, Steven has performed with Early Music Vancouver, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, the Erato Ensemble, Stellaria, Laudate Singers, ArtSongLab, the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival and Little Chamber Music.